The Vulture is a very good fighter class ship. The thin frontal profile of the ship makes it a very good fighter when facing its target, but its large wingspan makes it an easy target from above. Many variants make improvements on the ship's speed and mass, making them a very good ship to use as an interceptor to hunt down other players.
The Vulture is one of the most popular light fighter-interceptor class ships in use today. Relatively inexpensive and originally derived from an ancient Serco terrestrial-use design (known as the Nighthawk), it has since been copied and reinterpreted by nearly everyone. Classical design factors result in a highly maneuverable craft of light weight, with light to moderate weapons capacity and an extremely thin lateral aspect ratio, presenting a very small target during head-on encounters. These features have made the ship popular as a general purpose combat fighter with everyone from national militaries to trade escorts, pirates to bounty hunters. The Vulture is not without its weaknesses, however, also stemming from its aged terrestrial design. The inverse swept wings provide a substantial target to any attacks from 'above' or 'below' the pilot, requiring certain tactical adjustments to be made to use the thinner, lateral aspect to the best advantage. Additionally, the winglet ends have proven to be weak spots in collisions, making Vulture pilots a little less cavalier about confined spaces. The most famous variants of this design are most likely the Guardian, made by the Serco military for patrol purposes, the BioCom Vulture XT from UIT space, and the rumored 'Corvus Vulturius' high speed assault interceptor.
|Level||Armor||Cargo||Weapons||Mass||Length||Thrust||Turbo Thrust||Max Speed||Spin Torque||Turbo Speed||Turbo Energy|
|MkI||-||-||-||2/1/-/-/-||8300||2||2S||4200 kg||12 m||190 N||200 N||55 m/s||7.0 Nm||210 m/s||54/s|
|MkII||-||-||500?||3/2/-/-/-||8400||2||2S||4200 kg||12 m||200 N||210 N||65 m/s||7.0 Nm||210 m/s||55/s|
|MkIII||-||-||500?||3/3/-/-/-||8600||2||2S||4000 kg||12 m||220 N||220 N||65 m/s||7.0 Nm||220 m/s||55/s|
|MkIV||-||-||500?||4/3/-/-/-||8900||2||2S||3900 kg||12 m||220 N||230 N||65 m/s||7.0 Nm||220 m/s||60/s|
|Guardian||-||Serco||600||3/3/-/-/-||9000||2||2S||3800 kg||12 m||235 N||260 N||65 m/s||7.5 Nm||225 m/s||55/s|
|Vulturius||-||Corvus||800||2/2/-/-/-||8900||2||2S||3800 kg||12 m||230 N||240 N||75 m/s||7.5 Nm||220 m/s||60/s|
|Vulture XT||-||Biocom||450||4/4/-/-/-||8900||2||2S||3900 kg||12 m||220 N||250 N||65 m/s||7.0 Nm||220 m/s||57/s|
|Light Ships||EC · Centurion · Vulture · Raptor · Valkyrie|
|Medium Ships||Warthog · Hornet · Revenant · Atlas · Marauder|
|Heavy Ships||Centaur · Ragnarok · Behemoth · Prometheus|
|Capital Transports||TPG Constellation Heavy Transport|
|Capital Frigates||Trident Light Frigate · TPG Teradon Frigate|
|Capital Cruisers||Heavy Assault Cruiser|